Unemployment

Statewide News
10:14 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Ohio Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.1 Percent

Ohio's unemployment rate has dropped again, following the biggest one-month decline in almost 30 years.

The state Department of Job and Family Services reported Friday that the state had joblessness of 8.1 percent in December, down from 8.5 percent in November.  The November rate had been down a full half-point from October's even 9 percent.

Economy
4:41 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Governor, Economists View Jobless Numbers Through Different Lens

Gov. John Kasich says Ohio is seeing a record drop in the numbers of people who are unemployed. But Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports one economist is saying the story behind those numbers isn’t anything to celebrate.

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Statewide News
4:23 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Ohio Jobless Rate Dips To 8.5 Precent In November

Ohio's unemployment rate has dropped by a half a percentage point, to 8.5 percent in November from an even 9 percent in October.

The state's Department of Job and Family Services says 30,000 fewer people were unemployed in Ohio last month. The number of jobless workers has gone down by 69,000 in the past 12 months.

Ohio payrolls outside of farms grew by 6,000 in November, led by hiring in services. Manufacturing jobs increased, but those gains were offset by losses in construction.

Economy
5:06 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

70,000 Ohioans To Lose Unemployment Benefits If Congress Doesn't Extend Federal Benefits

Thousands of jobless Ohioans are in danger of running out of their unemployment benefits early next year, if Congress doesn't renew a federal extension of benefits. Ben Johnson is with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

"70,000 people will exhaust their unemployment compensation in January, another 36, 000, almost 37,000 in February, about 58,000 in March and more than 10,000 between March and June but the numbers are smaller," says Johnson.

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Business & Technology
8:00 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Down and Out (Again): America's Long Struggle with Mass Unemployment

FEMA photo by Michael Raphael
Hundreds of people who lost jobs when freezing weather hit California in January 2007 line up to register for the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

1857, the 1870s, the 1890s, 1907, 1914, 1919, 1921: The United States faced widespread joblessness in all of these years, well before the Great Depression, not to mention today's Great Recession. As legislators in Washington prepare to debate another round of stimulus spending, and as unemployment reaches record highs, historian Daniel Amsterdam looks back at how the United States has tackled major spikes in unemployment throughout its history and how American efforts have compared with those of other countries.

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